Global Strategy
Ariel International Fund

Why Ariel’s global approach


Experience matters

  • Rupal J. Bhansali has more than 25 years of industry experience

Managing risk is a top priority

  • We pay as much attention to risk management as to return management

Screening out provides a stronger starting point

  • While others screen in, we begin our process by screening out high-risk companies

All-cap portfolios offer larger opportunity set

  • Although our portfolios are relatively concentrated, we consider companies of all sizes

Attention to business models builds more resilient portfolios

  • In addition to applying our financial models, we consider the long-term viability of each company's business model


Key Facts
Market Cap Range: All Cap
Inception:
Investor Class: 12/30/2011
Institutional Class: 12/30/2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: 30-80%
Ticker Symbol:
Investor Class: AINTX
Institutional Class: AINIX
Fund Assets (all classes):
$358.0 million as of 3/31/2017
 
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
 
Fund Spotlight
Meet Rupal J. Bhansali and hear her philosophy on global investing.
 

Our global investment philosophy


Patience

We take the long-term view.
  • Emphasis on higher absolute and relative returns over a full market cycle with less risk
  • Focus research as much on what can go wrong as what can go right

Independence

We invest to our convictions, not to benchmarks.
  • Benchmark aware only to the extent that tracking error is by design and not by default
  • Significant exposure to our highest-conviction ideas, tempered with prudent risk controls

Expertise

We specialize in bottom-up fundamental research.
  • Focus on connecting information versus collecting information
  • Take business analyst approach rather than financial analyst approach
  • Have extensive interactions with management teams around the world
  • Research a company's global peers to fully inform our competitive assessment

Teamwork

We work collaboratively with a shared commitment to excellence.
  • Debate best, base and worst case scenarios for every company considered
  • Three team members with clearly defined roles vet each stock


 
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Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing I
 
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Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing II

Our global process


Negative Screening

Negative screening seeks downside protection
  • Process:
    Screen on risk, not growth rate or valuation
  • Risk management:
    Eliminate approximately 60% of high-risk stocks in universe
  • Benefit:
    Position for downside protection

Bottom-up Research

Proprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
  • Process:
    Lead analysts perform research
  • Risk management:
    Assess the prospects and durability of a business franchise
  • Benefit:
    Proprietary insights enable better stock picking

Team Validation

Team validation avoids blind spots in our analysis
  • Process:
    A team of three debates and stress tests each idea
  • Risk management:
    Incorporate macro and micro factors in scenario analyses; lead analyst presents balanced case versus a recommendation
  • Benefit:
    Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager

Portfolio Construction

Portfolios constructed to manage risks as well as long-term performance
  • Process:
    Seek to own top decile of investment opportunities uncovered
  • Risk management:
    Typically cap security position size at 5% at time of purchase, sector weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x benchmark, hedge currency if practical and cost-efficient
  • Benefit:
    Designed to generate superior long-term, risk-adjusted performance


Ariel International Fund

Sector Weightings (%)

As of March 31, 2017
  Ariel International Fund MSCI EAFE MSCI ACWI ex-US
Information Technology 18.78 5.71 9.79
Telecommunication Services 16.66 4.36 4.52
Health Care 13.23 10.70 8.06
Consumer Staples 13.06 11.38 9.87
Financials 11.28 21.27 23.36
Consumer Discretionary 10.89 12.24 11.30
Energy 7.17 5.00 6.79
Utilities 3.88 3.40 3.17
Industrials 3.12 14.31 11.89
Real Estate 1.87 3.70 3.24
Materials 0.06 7.92 8.02

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the portfolio

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

These sectors are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and a service mark of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“S&P”) and is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such standard or classification (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such standard or classification. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, S&P, any of their affiliates or any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.



Investor Class
Institutional Class
Quarter End
Month End

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of May 31, 2017
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 5.46% 10.42% 15.02% 13.45% 3.22% 11.36% 8.11%
MSCI EAFE 3.67% 9.23% 14.01% 16.44% 1.53% 10.21% 8.61%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 3.25% 8.13% 13.74% 18.24% 1.26% 8.39% 7.12%

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of March 31, 2017
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 3.06% 7.35% 7.35% 5.13% 1.93% 6.24% 6.96%
MSCI EAFE 2.75% 7.25% 7.25% 11.67% 0.50% 5.83% 7.63%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 2.54% 7.86% 7.86% 13.13% 0.56% 4.36% 6.28%
Expense Ratio Cap: 1.13%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/16: 1.52%*

*Effective November 29, 2016, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees or reimburse expenses (the "Expense Cap") in order to limit Ariel International Fund's total annual operating expenses to 1.13% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.

Investments in foreign securities may underperform and may be more volatile than comparable U.S. stocks because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, foreign political systems, foreign regulatory standards, foreign currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All performance assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. The MSCI ACWI ex US Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

Investors should consider carefully the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. For a current summary prospectus or full prospectus which contains this and other information about the funds offered by Ariel Investment Trust, call us at 800-292-7435 or click here. Please read the summary prospectus or full prospectus carefully before investing. Distributed by Ariel Distributors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ariel Investments, LLC.



Ariel International Fund

Schedule of Holdings

As of March 31, 2017
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
AUSTRALIA     911,397 0.3
  230,295 AMP Ltd. 911,397 0.3
CANADA     4,693,514 1.3
  94,501 IGM Financial Inc. 2,818,295 0.8
  19,873 Magna International, Inc. 857,624 0.2
  21,360 Suncor Energy, Inc. 655,810 0.2
  19,840 Hydro One Ltd. 361,785 0.1
CHINA     29,137,628 8.1
  1,021,500 China Mobile Ltd. 11,179,126 3.1
  63,724 Baidu, Inc. ADR 10,993,664 3.1
  119,478 China Mobile Ltd. ADR 6,598,770 1.8
  58,000 Shenzhou International Group Holdings, Ltd. 366,068 0.1
DENMARK     2,072,237 0.6
  60,338 Novo Nordisk A/S 2,072,237 0.6
FINLAND     19,509,184 5.4
  3,571,298 Nokia Corp. ADR 19,356,435 5.4
  28,466 Nokia Corp. 152,749 0.0
FRANCE     19,237,190 5.3
  109,338 Michelin (CGDE) 13,279,666 3.7
  54,183 Safran SA 4,047,904 1.1
  8,773 Euler Hermes Group 806,187 0.2
  7,444 Thales SA 719,955 0.2
  4,248 Sanofi 383,478 0.1
GERMANY     41,306,986 11.7
  238,579 Deutsche Boerse AG 21,865,476 6.1
  2,708,774 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 13,437,198 3.8
  90,499 Dialog Semiconductor plc 4,621,095 1.3
  5,918 SAP SE 580,699 0.2
  5,694 Beiersdorf AG 538,978 0.2
  5,179 Drillisch AG 263,540 0.1
HONG KONG     2,680,442 0.7
  6,181,321 Li & Fung Ltd. 2,680,442 0.7
IRELAND     757,856 0.2
  9,133 Ryanair Holdings plc ADR 757,856 0.2
ITALY     12,287,050 3.3
  2,188,732 Snam SpA 9,465,844 2.6
  90,926 Azimut Holdings SpA 1,584,008 0.4
  282,035 Italgas SpA 1,237,198 0.3
JAPAN     53,680,647 15.1
  74,500 Shimamura Co., Ltd. 9,843,663 2.7
  38,100 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 8,841,404 2.5
  41,600 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 5,715,189 1.6
  135,700 Japan Tobacco Inc. 4,409,976 1.2
  181,300 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. 4,221,865 1.2
  127,800 Canon Inc. 3,984,495 1.1
  93,000 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 3,969,604 1.1
  885,700 Seven Bank Ltd. 2,895,848 0.8
  43,100 Toyota Motor Corp. 2,339,084 0.7
  12,000 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 1,706,818 0.5
  23,100 Secom Co., Ltd. 1,653,498 0.5
  81,000 Japan Exchange Group, Inc. 1,153,193 0.3
  5,671 Toyota Motor Corp. ADR 615,984 0.2
  16,300 Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 560,024 0.2
  17,201 Canon Inc. ADR 537,875 0.2
  23,900 Ono Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd. 494,723 0.1
  7,600 Obic Co., Ltd. 361,807 0.1
  3,500 Mabuchi Motor Co., Ltd. 197,117 0.1
  3,800 Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 178,480 0.0
LUXEMBOURG     4,609,045 1.3
  30,599 RTL Group 2,464,515 0.7
  62,186 Tenaris ADR 2,123,030 0.6
  268 RTL Group 21,500 0.0
NETHERLANDS     24,249,650 6.8
  703,086 Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. 15,046,046 4.2
  164,706 Gemalto N.V. 9,203,604 2.6
SINGAPORE     1,792,658 0.4
  102,900 United Overseas Bank Ltd. 1,626,421 0.4
  30,200 Singapore Exchange Ltd. 166,237 0.0
SPAIN     11,132,580 3.1
  358,757 Endesa SA 8,431,365 2.4
  68,527 Tecnicas Reunidas SA 2,701,215 0.7
SWEDEN     2,546,444 0.7
  99,641 H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Class B 2,546,444 0.7
SWITZERLAND     35,857,006 10.1
  74,068 Roche Holding AG 18,915,384 5.3
  25,518 Swisscom AG 11,772,443 3.3
  840 SGS SA 1,792,123 0.5
  102,337 UBS AG 1,637,760 0.5
  11,430 Nestle SA 876,949 0.2
  9,186 Novartis AG 682,244 0.2
  100 Givaudan SA 180,103 0.1
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES     772,268 0.2
  2,269,279 Dubai Financial Market 772,268 0.2
UNITED KINGDOM     38,814,535 10.8
  844,976 GlaxoSmithKline plc 17,568,636 4.9
  138,026 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc 12,599,882 3.5
  193,175 National Grid plc 2,452,963 0.7
  530,329 British Telecom Group plc 2,114,277 0.6
  39,823 GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR 1,678,938 0.5
  43,387 Diageo plc 1,241,301 0.3
  249,460 Hays plc 490,701 0.1
  67,190 Pagegroup plc 360,216 0.1
  157,389 Countrywide plc 307,621 0.1
UNITED STATES     15,337,699 4.3
  64,197 Philip Morris Intl, Inc. 7,247,841 2.0
  30,599 Core Laboratories N.V. 3,534,796 1.0
  32,065 EOG Resources Inc. 3,127,941 0.9
  22,524 Occidental Petroleum Corp. 1,427,121 0.4
INVESTMENT COMPANIES     9,493,594 2.7
  226,225 Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF 8,890,643 2.5
  18,854 iShares MSCI Switzerland Cap ETF 602,951 0.2
Total Equities     330,879,610 92.4
Short Term Investments      
  22,031,881 Northern Institutional Treasury Portfolio 22,031,881 6.2
Foreign Currency and Other Assets less Liabilities 5,052,445 1.4
Grand Total     357,963,936 100.0%



Ariel International Fund

Commentary

 
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